NCS licensees required to inform Gassco on petroleum developments

Licensees on the Norwegian continental shelf must now inform Gassco about petroleum developments which could require transport and processing capacity.

Offshore staff

KOPERVIK, Norway -- Licensees on the Norwegian continental shelf must now inform Gassco about petroleum developments which could require transport and processing capacity.

This follows amendments to statutory regulations issued under the Petroleum Activities Act, which were approved by the King in Council on Dec. 19.

These changes will provide Gassco with an early overview of gas transport and processing requirements – essential for its long-term planning and for taking account of offshore needs.

The amended regulation assigns Gassco responsibility for ensuring that studies are conducted, but specifies that they must be performed in consultation with relevant companies on the NCS.

In addition, the regulation emphasizes that information received by Gassco from licensees which contains commercial secrets is subject to a duty of confidentiality.

The amendments otherwise state that costs related to Gassco's early-phase assessment of transport options must be met by system users through a supplement to the gas shipment tariffs.

01/16/2009

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